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5 > Image 5 of Catalogue of the Officers, Studies, and Students of the State College of Kentucky, Lexington, Volume 5 (Session ending 1905 June 1)

Part of University of Kentucky course catalogs, 1865-

t 1 . 73 [ _ '1`HE STATE COLLEGE OF KENTUCKY. 75 I c r-usronv. S2 . AGRICULTURAL and Mechanical Colleges in the United States owe l . 86 their origin to an act of Congress entitled "An Act Donating Public , 87 Lands to the several States and Territories which may provide Colleges for 91 V the benefit of Agriculture and the Mechanic Arts," approved july 2, 1862. . 91 : The amount of land donated was 30,000 acres for each representative in the . 01 V National Congress. Under this allotment Kentucky received 330,000 acres. . 91 ` Several years elapsed before the Commonwealth established an Agricultural . 92 and Mechanical College under this act. When established it was not placed .103 . upon an independent basis, but was made one of the Colleges of Kentucky 104 University, to which institution the annual interest of the proceeds of the N4 Q Congressional land grant was to be given for the purpose of carrying on its 120 operations. The landscrip had meanwhile been sold for Hfty cents per acre, 121 - andthe amount received$l65,000invested in six per cent. Kentucky State Wl Y bonds, of which the State became custodian in trust for the College. 121 , The connection with Kentucky University continued till 1878, when the .121 act of 1865, making it one of the Colleges of said University, was repealed; .122 and a Commission was appointed to recommend to the Legislature of 1879- .122 80 a plan of organization for an institution, including an Agricultural and { .123 Mechanical College, such as the necessities of the Commonwealth required. .124 4 The city of Lexington offered to the Commission (which was also author- .124 ized to recommend to the General Assembly the place which, all things con- .124 sidered, offered the best and greatest inducements for the future and perma- .120 nent location of the College,) the City Park, containing fiftytwo acres of { .126 1 land within the limits of the city, and thirty thousand dollars of city bonds .120 Q for the erection of buildings. This oifer the county of Fayette supplemented .121 ' by twenty thousand dollars in county bonds, to be used either for the erect- .121 L ion of buildings or for the purchase of land. The offers of the city of Lex- .121 . ington and the county of Fayette were accepted by the General Assembly. .128 By the act of incorporation and the amendments thereto, constituting .130 A the charter of the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Kentucky, liberal _ 131 ir provision is made for educating, free of tuition, the energetic young men of ` the Commonwealth whose means are limited. The Normal Department, for ` which provision is also made, is intended to aid in building up the Common U School system by furnishing properly qualified teachers. This College, with -` the additional departments which shall, from time to time, be opened as the ` means placed at the disposal of the Trustees allow, will, it is hoped, in the not distant future do a great work in advancing the educational interest of Kentucky. Being entirely undenominational in its character, it will appeal Y with conlidence to the people of all creeds and of no creed, and will endeavor, V /